Ensuite bathroom

We moved into our house 18 months ago. It was built in 1987 and had been lived in by the same elderly couple for 20 years. Nothing had changed since 1987. Everything was dated, worn out and grubby. We’ve transformed a lot in 18 months, but there are still parts of the house which are stuck firmly in the 1980s and crying out for an improvement. None more so than our ensuite bathroom.

Ensuite, Bathroom, Interiors, Toilet

A picture says a 1,000 words, so I don’t need to say a lot – the pictures speak for themselves.

Yes, it’s pink.

PicMonkey ensuite2Collage, Bathroom, Shower, Ensuite bathroom, 1980s

The toilet and sink are at least functioning, but the bath is pointlessly big and ridiculously shaped. We’d much prefer a nice shower cubicle. As you can see, there is a shower. It has one temperature – boiling. Now I like a nice hot shower as much as the next person, but there’s nothing nice about that shower – it turns your skin bright red and you can only stay in for a few seconds before you have to remove your body from the flow of water to give it a break before you brave it again.

PicMonkey ensuite3Collage, Bathroom, Ensuite bathroom, Old bathroom

There’s disability hand rails. There’s a hideous shower curtain that we always think we ought to take down, but have never got round to it. There’s horrible tiles and a horrible mirror. There’s no room for a towel rail or a toilet roll holder. The floor is a hideous, grubby lino and it doesn’t even reach all the way to the sink.

PicMonkey ensuite4Collage, Bathroom, Ensuite, Toilet, 1980s

A lot of the panelling has been removed to assist with sorting out the water for our new upstairs bathroom and new kitchen. The panelling wasn’t replaced because we knew we’d be doing this bathroom soon. But how soon is soon? We have no idea when we will be able to do it. Removing the panelling has just made it look even worse.

Oh, and sometimes it smells. Not of ‘the obvious’, but of drains. There’s obviously some plumbing problem somewhere.

It is truly hideous. I can’t wait to get it sorted, I just don’t know when that will be.

PicMonkey ensuiteCollage, Bathroom, Ensuite bathroom, Bath, New house

 

Author: Sarah Mummy

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16 Comments

  1. sometimes you do need to live in a house for a while to know what you really want, we spent 2 years in ours in the UK before we started alterations so we only had to do it once, knowing it was exactly what we wanted

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    • That sounds very sensible! We just know we want it to be a whole lot better than it is now! We wouldn’t necessarily do it exactly the same as our other bathroom, but it definitely needs doing!

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  2. Ooh lovely 🙂 when we moved into our house the bathroom suite was green! Thankfully it’s nice and white now 🙂 x

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    • Phew! That’s a relief! My mum and dad’s old bathroom was green. Their house was built in 1981 and the bathroom was probably gone before the end of the 80s! x

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  3. Ooh I don’t think I’ve seen a pink bathroom in a very long time. This could be your Autumn project for this year!

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    • I would love that, but I think it will have to wait until spring!

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  4. Like so many of your posts Sarah, I totally relate to this. I’ve had my house for 12 years but have only recently started to have the money to do anything to it. We finally got our bathroom done over the summer and what a relief! We did it on the cheap with a second hand bathroom suite (it’s gorgeous, vintage style and cost us under £50) and then my dad and hubby did the walls and we just got it all plumbed in. And now we’ve got the house on the market and there’s a good chance we’ll be moving. If we stay here, our kitchen is next on the list. It’s worse than your en-suite by a mile, I’d never post a photo of it on my blog, I’m embarrassed to let people in it!xx

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    • Wow! That must be bad! Glad you managed to get your bathroom sorted so cheaply. Good luck with the house sale! x

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  5. I’ve been here too. Sadly you can’t rip everything out whilst living in the house. As annoying as it is you’ll get your dream ensuite soon and it will be worth the wait

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    • Thank you! It certainly will! It’s remarkable how you can block these things out. I don’t use the shower, but I use the toilet and sink every day and when I first saw them I thought they were too horrible to even use!

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  6. If you leave it long enough it might come back into fashion. I am only jealous as we don’t have an ensuite but would love one, especially with the kids getting older and hogging the bathroom more. I am sure you will get your dream ensuite soon Sarah x

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    • Ha ha, it’s probably only a few more years! An ensuite is an essential to me. We first had one in our second house back in 2001 and I’ve insisted on one ever since! I’d rather a horrible one to none at all. x

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  7. Its funny once something drives you mad you cant rest till it changes can you? I am exactly the same hope you get it how you want it soon x

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    • Thanks very much! I never thought we’d have to put up with it for this long! Hopefully we will get it done in the spring. x

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  8. I think the 70’s want their bathroom back?! I remember that colour though, we had a new bathroom in the 80s and the choice was salmon pink or olive and mum chose olive (not nice). You have done so well with the house though and imagine how lovely it will be to have the bathroom changed, when you can do it.

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    • Thanks very much! We have made so much progress with the house and this is pretty much the last bit. I’m hoping we get it done next spring. My mum had an avocado bathroom, which I’m sure is pretty similar to olive! The house was built in 1981 and I reckon she’d changed it long before the 90s!

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